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I was in­ter­viewed by a com­pany that I aspire to work in and was asked to dis­cuss my CV with them. I would like to know how this ques­tion should be an­swered.


An in­ter­est­ing ques­tion deserves an in­ter­est­ing an­swer.

Let’s start with the CV doc­u­ment that is in front of them as they ask you this ques­tion. It needs to have all the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, is a pre­cise two-page doc­u­ment which high­lights your ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion and states your pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ences clearly with achieve­ments. It also needs to men­tion your ca­reer ob­jec­tive and state some of your over­ar­ch­ing com­pe­ten­cies.

You need to be care­ful what to say, and equally care­ful what not to say. The don’ts: Do not get started with ‘when I was born…my fam­ily….etc. Do not me­an­der through your life his­tory, and do not make it long. Also, do not waste time with any in­for­ma­tion that is not ‘rel­e­vant and/or of any use’ to push your can­di­da­ture for your se­lec­tion. Any ex­ag­ger­a­tions will go against you.

What you need to do is to in­cor­po­rate high­lights of your pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence which are absolutely rel­e­vant as you are ex­pected to know the role and what they re­quire.

High­light your qual­i­fi­ca­tion that best es­tab­lish you as the most ‘fit’ for the role. Re­mem­ber to talk about your be­havioural com­pe­ten­cies and how they dif­fer­en­ti­ate you from those who may be con­sid­ered for that par­tic­u­lar role. Make sure that you are au­then­tic and pro­vide fac­tual in­for­ma­tion in the best light pos­si­ble. The author is a part­ner at a lead­ing lead­er­ship con­sult­ing firm, Hei­drick & Strug­gles. Send in your queries to men­tortalk@ marked ‘CV Doc­tor’

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